In my opinion, Rep. Dusty Johnson’s NO vote on impeachment showed terrible judgment. How can Dusty ever be taken seriously regarding searching for political common ground? That pursuit works only when neither side rejects accountability.
Consider similarities that exist between Trump’s cult (Dusty being a member) as compared to Charles Manson’s cult. Tex Watson and the infamous young women who sheltered their dear leader before law enforcement learned these young people’s leader was Charles Manson. Now think about the four years of Trump’s “Helter Skelter” rallies and inept government. Death counts during Trump’s presidency are hugely higher than the nine victims murdered by the Manson cult. Although mostly unreported, there were more foreign bombings and starvation-genocides during Trump’s four years than in Obama’s two terms. And Trump’s nearly 400,000 COVID-19 death tallies exceeded that of any other country in the world. Manson was a piker compared to Dusty’s dear leader.
Dusty says he made his NO vote decision because everything was simply moving too rapidly. My God, most everyone in the country understood what was happening at the time it was happening. On our TVs, we observed an enormous, well-planned traitorous insurgency. It was clear that the mob intended to invalidate a free and fair election and that Trump had lit the fire, then poured gasoline with his remarks. What more did Dusty need to see?
Dusty failed the people of South Dakota big-time with his NO vote. Now he must live with that legacy for the rest of his life.